2012 Detroit: Toyota NS4 Concept debuts, captures ideas for next-generation connectivity, plug-in hybrid systems

Alongside the unveiling of the final variant of the Toyota Prius was the showcase of Toyota’s latest concept that captures their vision “for future mobility with a focus on connectivity and the human interface:” the Toyota NS4 Advanced Plug-In Hybrid Concept.

“In this digital age, cars are becoming another spoke in the wheel of our electronic connectivity,” said Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor Sales’ president and chief operating officer. “NS4 demonstrates Toyota’s take on the human connection to the car with technology that considers both emotional and rational relationships, person-to-car and car-to-society.”

Designed as a four-door package, the NS4 concept looks like something to come from Honda rather than Toyota (think Honda FCX Clarity), but that could possibly be the color that throws me off personally.

To emphasize the NS4’s idea of connectivity, Toyota formed alliances with Microsoft, Intel and Salesforce to develop the NS4’s Human-Machine Interface, which features a multi-touch screen that mimics the look and feel of a smartphone. Toyota says, besides being able to handle the NS4’s multimedia and vehicle-controls, the HMI system is capable of “learning” driver preferences and habits to predict driver responses in specific scenarios.

Toyota said that the NS4 could see production by 2015 should the concept get a green light from the corporate beancounters.

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– By: Chris Chin